*photos are from an adventurous trip to Nubra valley*
The memory of my grandma buying me Mickey Mouse magazines is very strong. Every two weeks she would buy me this quite expensive magazine that would come with some cheap toy.
I loved that magazine and I would read it from first to the last page really quickly. But what I really want to share with you is WHAT was I most interested in. Adventure stories.
Usually, it was Mickey who went for an exploration. Either to explore Egyptian pyramids, tropical forest or space. I would CRAVE those stories. And sometimes he had the hat of an explorer and I thought it was so cool!
When I got just a bit older I got hooked on the series of books called »The Famous Five«. Series about, well five friends (plus a dog!), who would always find themselves in exciting danger. They always managed to escape and there was always some delicious food with lemonade waiting for them at home.
These stories got under my skin also. I WAS one of the main characters – George. She was a tomboy (just like me) and she had a dog. And I had a dog too! So it was so easy for me to identify with her.
Why am I telling you this?
I am Mickey, George, and Indiana Jones combined. In real life. At least that is how I feel.
I am where I belong. On the road, exploring, talking to strangers, hitchhiking, getting food poisoning, bargaining, taking photos of new places …
But is life all peaches and roses?
No. No, it’s not. Things are not black and white.
Mickey experienced problems. The Famous Five also. My life didn’t magically turn into a dream just because I hit the road. I still ask myself existential questions daily. Maybe even more than before since I have more time to be alone. I get frustrated with the system I am not used to. I need to cope with new situations and cultural differences that you experience once you aren’t only »passing by« but actually staying at one place. I get sick almost every other day. I miss my friends.
But you know what is cool?
That I feel so authentic when being exactly where I am. I place the importance solely on the answer to the question »Is this really what you want? Does it feel good?«. And if the answer is yes that is all I need.
Where do you feel most authentic? What are you following?